Leafs Put Out Of Misery In Loss To Sens

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This game is meaningless. Like, beyond meaningless. The Leafs have no shot at the playoffs, no shot at taking at a serious level, it’s just a game for the sake of going out with their heads up high. Or at least, not ending with four straight losses for the first time in 29 years. We didn’t even get to see that – the Leafs quiet departed the season with a 1-0 loss.

The Rundown

spezza

Only goal of the game. I know Spezza is known as a passer, but they left him open after making a play just seconds before. Probably not the smartest of ideas, especially when its a right handed shooter on the left wing with some star status behind him.

Why The Leafs Lost

Well, they didn’t score a goal. Much like the last pile of games; they haven’t scored more than three goals in regulation since Feburary 27th. That’s pathetic, and only Buffalo matched that. They also gave up 60% of the attempted shots today. Against a Senators team that isn’t exactly amazing in terms of possession themselves, that’s pretty awful.

Blue Warrior

You. Your misery is over. Until the draft, at least. Go relax for a bit.

Also, Petter Granberg for making his Leafs debut, and James Reimer for having another solid performance as a Leaf; possibly his last ever.

  • Regarding your tweet

    “The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2945 shots against is the most ever given up in an 82 game season.”

    I’ve been tracking leaf scoring chance much like Carlyle does and found they gave up 12 quality scoring chances all season. Most of these shots you report were low quality perimeter shots.

    Those 12 scoring chances are actually the FEWEST(not most) scoring chances ever given up in an 82 game season. The problem was not the system or team but the quality of the goaltending which was not very good this season (as measured by quality SV%).

    At any rate we will see you next season but I’m glad I can clear that up for you.

    • TGT23

      Im confused. What exactly is your definition of “quality scoring chances” because i can remember about a dozwn juat in the last month.

      Also, this would then imply that for the first five months of the season the Leafs goalies weren’t carrying the team, when we all know they were.

      There 5v5 save percentage was well above league average to that point and were facing well above the league average in shots.

      So I take issue with the statement and with your definition of quality.

    • Even disregarding the calculations that the average shot distance was actually worse under Carlyle, any fan for any team on which Vesa Toskala let in a 197 foot shot should know that any shot is a scoring chance, supposed quality be damned.

  • Poluza

    I think @luckyleafs highlights a key problem here. Sure he counted 12 quality scoring chances. He had his own definition of a scoring chance and I’m sure he stuck with it.

    So it’s safe to assume that whoever counted the scoring chances for the Leafs this year also had their own definition of a scoring chance, and counted those.

    This issue, clearly, is that luckyleafs and the Maple Leafs staff aren’t focusing on the actual issues (stats, intangibles, who cares) that plagued this team.

    Props, though, for the time commitment involved in tracking stats. I could never do that.

  • TGT23

    Any one else excited by the prospect of DeBoer taking over behind the bench next season? I don’t know about you guys but Alec Brownscombe’s write-up the other day got me all hot and bothered.

    With the full disclaimer that I don’t watch the Devils, he sounds like Carlyle’s bizzaro-world foil.

  • TGT23

    I was at the game. It’s crazy how much more Leafs fans were there than Sens fans. The team may not have shown up but the Leafs Nation sure did. Granberg had a really good game – he looked big out there, always in position – broke up 1 on 4 and 1 on 3. Bodie, Reimer and Orr also played well. Holland was winning face offs but not much else. Clarkson is just plain horrible – him an Raymond look lost out there. Bozak is solid – anticipates the game well, fights for every puck.